Sources: Serving Boys through Readers' Advisory

Jenny Foster Stenis
2010 Reference and user services quarterly  
sourCes ration. Sauers begins with a screenshot-packed chapter on setting up a account to organize information using tags. He then progresses into other chapters on using popular search engines, making the most of Wikipedia, and searching for specific types of information. Sauers also acknowledges the varying opinions surrounding Wikipedia and encourages librarians to appreciate and utilize the tool, noting that its error rate is similar to that of Encyclopedia Britannica. In
more » ... Britannica. In later chapters, Sauers dives into Flickr, YouTube, and Podscope and covers techniques for searching for local information, print materials, and even archived information using Google cache, the Wayback Machine, and Wikipedia' s page histories. Sauers offers ways for readers to get even more out of the 2.0 world by using the tools he suggests in the remaining chapters on using OpenSearch, downloadable desktop search applications, and data visualization, which he believes to be the future of searching. Sauers does an excellent job of covering the intricate details of the advanced features in all the tools mentioned throughout the book and even provides excellent hands-on exercises at the end of most chapters. However, screen shots are frequently large and superabundant, often requiring the reader to flip back and forth between the images and the text. In addition, Microsoft LiveSearch is now Bing and has a different interface, so screenshots of LiveSearch are now obsolete, demonstrating that the in-depth coverage and large number of screenshots of a specific tool may not be as helpful as a general discussion about the benefits in using a particular tool. Despite these minor drawbacks, this book is one of the best and most thorough ones available on this topic today. Sauers also has a companion site,, which makes it easy to get access to all of the shiny new toys presented in his book. Overall, the information presented in this book, coupled with Sauers' s engaging writing style and inherent enthusiasm, not only leaves the reader eager to experiment with all the tools mentioned, but also provides ample justification for using Web 2.0 tools in one' s public or academic library services.-Rachel Vacek, Head of Web Services, University of Houston Libraries, Houston, Texas Serving Boys through Readers' Advisory. Michael Sullivan. Chicago: ALA, 2010. 152p. $48 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1022-1).
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